2015 MayFair in Harvard Square


The 2014 Mayfair. Photo by Bill Manley courtesy of the Harvard Square Business Association

For fun, festivities, food, music, and an overwhelming sense of community, attend the 32nd annual MayFair celebration in Harvard Square this Sunday, May 3rd. This annual Harvard Square tradition features three stages of music, over 20 dance troupes, food, crafts, street art, a chalk art gallery and entertainment for people of all ages.

Don’t be afraid! If Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate this Sunday, the rain date is set for Sunday, March 17th.

MayFair Schedule of Events

Beginning at noon on the dot, there will be live entertain from the the stages scattered around Harvard Square happening until 5pm.

The first stage, the Main Stage, is located at the Super Crosswalk. There will also be two other stages: one at the Church Street Parking Lot and the other at the intersection of Brattle and Church Streets.

There is also a fourth stage dedicated to keeping you dancing all day long! This stage is on Mt. Auburn Street and has a long list of scheduled performers starting at 12:30.

You can also take a break from all the entertainment and do a little shopping at one of the 150 merchants selling arts and crafts, jewelry, and vintage clothing. Don’t worry about getting hungry either – there are over 40 food vendors lined up around the square to serve up international and local favorites alike.

Some other activities of the day include Roaming Railroad train rides and four beer gardens sponsored by Grafton Street Pub & Grill, FiRE + iCE, Alden & Harlow and The Sinclair, a children’s activity area and Zumba lessons.

MayFair Chalk on the Walk


One of the coolest parts of the annual MayFair is definitely the Chalk on the Walk, located on Church Street. Each year, the Chalk on the Walk raises thousands of dollars for local charities.

Relish in the history of chalk street painting – dating back as far as the Italian Renaissance! Corporate and individuals sponsor painting squares and artists donate their time to create a masterpiece. Prizes are awarded to the artists and proceeds from the event go to local Cambridge charities and scholarships.

– Alicia Lazzaro, Editor-in-Chief